Germany Journals

Eight German Cities and Some of Their Highlights

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A travel journal to Germany by MALUSE

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Münster

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The United Nations Environment Programme organises a competition for the International Award for Liveable Communities and in 2004 the German city of Münster won in the category of cities with 200,000 to 750,000 inhabitants against 52 competitors, such as Coventry/GB, Seattle/USA, Okayama/Japan or Posen/Poland. What makes the city liveable for its 280,000 (Men, hark! 148,000 female, 132,000 male!) inhabitants? Münster scored top marks in the five fields that were checked and is understandably proud of the reward.I visited Münster (pronounced Mýnsta) at the end of August as the first stop of a tour through the north of Germany which I undertook because I felt nostalgia for the north where I ...Read More

Bremen

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Some years ago I re-visited Bremen, I used to live in a small town nearby for nine years and liked it there, in fact landscape-wise I’ve never liked it better anywhere else, I don’t cherish hills and mountains, I always feel they block my view. I want to see the sky!My mother and I always went to Bremen when we had great acquisitions to make which wasn’t very often, but I used to know my way around up to some 30 years ago. Would I recognise the city and find my way through the centre without a guide?What a sensation when I had stepped out of the station and walked about 300m in the direction of the centre and suddenly *knew* there would be a park to the right with a lake and a ...Read More

Frankfurt (Main)

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Calling Frankfurt Mainhattan is the same as calling some stinking canals Little Venice or a range of mounds a bit higher than a molehill Switzerland. Everything is relative, as no other German city has more high-rise buildings than Frankfurt (which has 50 in the centre) and the city lies on the banks of the river Main, Mainhattan it is.What do people associate with Frankfurt? Most can only come up with the international airport and banks (they own most of the high-rise buildings), some may be able to add Stock Exchange and City of the Euro which goes in the same direction. There are more than 400 banks which are responsible for the city’s other nickname ‘Bankfurt’. The other day I read tha...Read More

Cologne

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The other day I was in Köln am Rhein, the fourth largest German city with nearly one million inhabitants, Cologne on the Rhine for you, Colonia Agrippina for the Old Romans; the wife of Emperor Claudius was born on the banks of the Rhine and elevated her ’colonia’ to the status of a city in the year 50 A.D. I don’t know any other city where the main attraction is right beside the train station (or rather vice versa), you leave the building and there, smack bang, is the Cathedral, the two towers are 157m high, it‘s not possible not to be impressed. You cross a square and walk up a flight of stairs on which people sit - and unfortunately also eat and drink and leave their rubbish. I read in ...Read More

Cologne, Carnival

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Ask Germans what they associate with the city of Cologne, Köln in German (the ‘ö’ is pronounced like the ‘u’ in burn), and I bet you’ll hear, ‘Dom und Karneval (cathedral and carnival)’ or the other way round. As the cathedral is always there and right in the centre, I’s impossible for tourists not to notice it, Karneval on the other hand (I’m using the German terms from now on because there are different terms in the different parts of Germany) is not noticeable all the year round, although it starts on November 11th at 11.11 a.m., it surfaces only in February or March, the date varies according to the date of Easter, Ash Wednesday, the day when carnival is over, being the 40th day before...Read More

Worms, Germany

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Only English speaking visitors find the name of the town funny, the German pronunciation is ‘Vorms’, the ‘o’ is pronounced like the ‘a’ in the word ‘warm‘. The oldest known name of the place is the Celtic Borbetomagus. The Romans called it Civitas Vangionum, the later Latin form Wormatia developed into the name Worms - which has no meaning in German.Worms is situated on the left bank of the river Rhine in the land Rhineland-Palatine, about 45 km northwest of Heidelberg, one of Germany’s most famous tourist attractions. It’s one of the warmest and driest places in Germany, the precipitation amount is as high as in Jerusalem. Although the town has only 84.000 inhabitants, it’s well-known nat...Read More

Darmstadt, Germany

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I’ve recently been to Darmstadt because I had never visited this town before. What I knew before I started was that a part of the town is an Art Deco gesamtkunstwerk* and I assumed that the rest would be nice enough to be worth visiting. The size is just right, a bit more than 140.00 inhabitants, not too small and not to big. It’s located in the land of Hesse, 30 km south of Frankfurt/Main.No tourist information office in the station, the town is too small. In Germany only big cities have this convenience, in towns it’s in the centre. Normally, I find this annoying, it can happen that when I’ve finally reached it, I’ve already passed a lot of sights without realising it and without having ...Read More

Memories of Train Travels

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My experience with trains goes back a long way. My secondary grammar school was a fifteen minute train ride away from the small town in the north of Germany where I lived then. I travelled back and forth for nine years, the train wasn’t just a means of transportation, it was part of my life. My classmates who got in one station before me were always in the second carriage, last compartment. They used to prepare our homework in so far as they found out where the problems were, and when I got in we would tackle them together. You can do a lot in 15 minutes if you’re well organized! The morning rides were always quiet, everyone scribbling away, composing, copying, reading or memorizing. I mos...Read More